Our Mission

Achievement Academy of Durham teaches and supports young adults who have dropped out of school in order to reconnect them to the opportunities an education provides. AAD students gain critical reading skills, earn their NC Equivalency Diploma and complete college preparatory training so they can succeed in a post-secondary program and attain sustainable employment.

Our year-round daily school provides the education and support necessary for high risk, initially low reading, hard-working students living in poverty to become sustainably employed. We pair formal education with the teaching of personal and leadership skills to turn lives around.

In addition to helping our students earn a NC High School Equivalency Diploma (“GED”), we work with our students through post-secondary education at Durham Technical Community College (DTCC) and other community colleges in North Carolina.

A postsecondary education enables our students to move out of poverty and gain financial stability for themselves and their children.

Since our founding in 2005, we’ve graduated 103 GEDs1, 60% of which have gone on to post secondary classes. And 16 of our students have graduated from post-secondary education programs. You can help us do even more.

1 Number of GED graduates is current as of 05/31/2012.

Josh's Story

Josh tells his own story: “February 2008 marked a year since I became a student at the Achievement Academy. When I first started at the Achievement Academy I was 16 and my reading was at a sixth grade level…


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